The common signs of aging are typically first noticed in the face. Wrinkles around the nose and mouth, hollows under the eyes, and sunken cheeks can be unpleasant facial features that develop as the underlying facial tissues thin out.
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Some people are born with naturally thin lips, while others may experience thinning lips as they age. People in both categories can benefit from injectable dermal fillers to achieve fuller, plumper lips with a more defined structure.
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Volume in the cheeks decreases as we age due to a loss of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin in the tissues. This can result in contour deficiencies that create a gaunt, aged appearance. Injectable fillers add youthful fullness to restore the lost volume in the cheeks.
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Fillers add volume and fullness to the skin, which can offset the wrinkles and folds that sink into our skin with age. These dermal fillers can address a range of wrinkles, from deep lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth to marionette lines on your chin.
Restylane® is composed of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring protein found in the tissue that attracts moisture and retains water for plumper, smoother skin. Since this FDA-approved injectable filler is made of a natural substance found in our body, it is a safe and reliable filler.
JUVÉDERM® is a comprehensive facial filler made of hyaluronic acid. This FDA-approved dermal filler works similar to your body’s natural hyaluronic acid to add fullness and hydration to the skin.
Sculptra® Aesthetic is different from hyaluronic acid fillers, as it contains poly-L-lactic acid that stimulates collagen production in your skin. This FDA-approved injectable filler works to naturally and gradually restore smooth skin and a more youthful appearance over time.
There is generally no downtime associated with an injectable filler treatment; patients can return to work and their normal routines immediately following the treatment.
There may be some slight bruising and swelling at the injection sites that should dissipate within a day. Patients should avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours. Any redness or bruising can be concealed with makeup until it fades.
Most injectable fillers immediately add volume to the face, but some build results gradually over time. The results generally last several months to several years depending on the filler used, the areas targeted, and the patient’s physical anatomy.
It is rare to develop scarring after an injectable filler treatment. Any scars that may develop can be easily concealed with makeup until they fade.
At Pearce Plastic Surgery, the cost of dermal fillers ranges from $400 to $900 per syringe depending on the type of filler used.
Injectable fillers are priced per syringe. Therefore, the cost of your injectable treatment will depend on the number of syringes required to restore volume.
During your consultation with Dr. Pearce, you will be given an exact cost estimate for your injectable treatment.
The results from injectable fillers can last from several months to several years. The longevity of the fillers depends on the treatment area and injectable administered.
Yes, Restylane®, JUVÉDERM®, and Sculptra® Aesthetic are FDA approved, safe injectable fillers.
The type of injectable filler for you will be decided during your consultation with Dr. Pearce. He can help choose the right product based on your individual concerns and goals. You can fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation.
While BOTOX® Cosmetic is a type of injectable, it is not considered a “filler” because it works in a different way. Rather than plumping the skin, BOTOX® is a neuromodulator that reduces the movement of the facial muscles that cause wrinkles, allowing the skin to smooth out.
Injectable treatments are designed to be temporary solutions for wrinkles and can not provide drastic, long-lasting changes.
If you’re experiencing sagging and other more extensive signs of aging, you may want to combine injectables with another procedure, such as:
While there are a couple of non-surgical fillers that can provide semi-permanent results, fat transfer is an alternative to injectable dermal fillers that can provide permanent enhancement. Also known as fat grafting, this procedure removes excess fat from your body using liposuction and then injects the purified fat cells into the areas that need a boost of volume. Fat transfer can correct facial volume loss under your eyes, in the cheek area, and nearly anywhere you have wrinkles to provide long-lasting results.
There is a risk of complications with any plastic surgery procedure, but the chance of experiencing serious side effects with injectable fillers is rare.
Some of the rare side effects include: